Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) 2015/2016 Solicitation

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the U.S. Government’s preeminent foreign assistance agency. The agency is dedicated to helping nations meet the needs of their citizens by providing healthcare, education, and economic opportunity to end extreme poverty and promote democratic, resilient societies. The U.S. Global Development Lab (The Lab) at USAID is bringing together a diverse set of partners to discover, test, and scale breakthrough solutions to address critical challenges in international development. A key element of this strategy is the support of scientific and technological research through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program. PEER is a competitive awards program that invites scientists in developing countries to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics of importance to USAID and conducted in partnership with U.S. Government (USG)-funded and selected private sector partners. Through PEER, the Lab leverages investments by other U.S. Government-supported agencies and private sector companies in scientific research and training in order to enhance the development priorities of USAID. U.S. Government-funded partners and designated private sector partners must be investigators who will contribute to the scientific merit and impact of PEER projects through expertise, skills, methodologies, laboratory access, and synergies with ongoing projects.

PEER is implemented by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NAS), which will manage the proposal review process and disburse and monitor awards. Beyond the current program cycle, it is expected that solicitations for PEER will be issued annually in the fall, with details to be posted at this page. For further information, please contact the program staff at

How to Apply and Compete for Funding

PEER funding will be awarded to projects related to the USAID and partner agency focus areas. When writing pre-proposals, applicants should also consider how their proposed research and/or capacity building activities will contribute to USAID’s strategic priorities in development. Collaborative projects involving multiple developing countries that explore regional development issues are also encouraged. More information on USAID’s strategic priorities can be found on the USAID website.

Middle East Countries Illegible for PEER

Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia

PEER proposal submission has two phases:

  • Phase 1: A brief pre-proposal is required for all applicants. The deadline for submission of pre-proposals is January 15, 2016. Details for pre-proposal submission are provided below.
  • Phase 2: If invited to submit a full proposal, applicants will be notified by the National Academies by February 29, 2016. The deadline for submission of full proposals is April 15, 2016.

For more information and details about 2015/2016 priority areas and the application process please visit this page. (PDF 328 KB )